Reese Witherspoon's Guide to New Orleans

Julia Millay Walsh
Reese Witherspoon and fellow actress Sofia Vergara have been living it up in the Big Easy for the past few months filming Don't Mess With Texas, due out next year. Witherspoon is no stranger to the Southern city: she was actually born there. Needless to say, she certainly knows her way around NOLA -- and we are happy to follow her. Read on for a guide to Witherspoon's favourite New Orleans haunts and click through above for a visual tour. leontineLeontine Linens

REESE SAYS: "Oh @SofiaVergara You know how to make a Southern girl so happy!!! #monogram #leontinelinens"

This luxury linen shop on New Orleans's Magazine Street, which brims with antiques shops, boutiques, and restaurants, is the top of the pops when it comes to monogrammed and appliqued bedding and linens.

2-reese-witherspoon-new-orleansAudubon Park

REESE SAYS: Good morning #AudubonPark #NOLA

One of New Orleans's greatest treasures, Audubon Park, located in Uptown, is a favourite spot for recreation and picnics, boasting a tranquil 1.8 mile jogging path under astounding ancient live oak trees, a lagoon, picnic shelters, playgrounds, tennis courts, and soccer field. It also abuts "the Levee," a spot locals visit to lay out and picnic by the Mississippi River.

3-reese-witherspoon-new-orleans Dat Dog

REESE SAYS: My nieces are in town and they mean business. #NOLA

Owned by a New Orleans native set up shop after Hurricane Katrina, Dat Dog is a relative newcomer, but it has quickly gained a cult following. Offering classic wieners and European sausages, alongside all things Louisiana, like alligator, crawfish, and hot and smoked sausages, it's a crowd favourite.

4-reese-witherspoon-new-orleansCommander's Palace

REESE SAYS: Sunday Funday #NOLA

Open since 1880, this fancy pants restaurant in the Garden District is one of New Orleans's ultimate dining experiences. It's as much known for its iconic teal exterior and unparalleled service as for its modern NOLA menu and its 25-cent lunchtime martinis -- yes, we said 25 cents!

9-reese-witherspoon-new-orleans Chez Pierre Bakery

REESE SAYS: Hmmm... Which one?

Located just outside of New Orleans in Kenner, LA (where a lot of film sets are located), Chez Pierre Bakery is celebrated for its incredible wedding cakes and bountiful menu of pastries. Nothing says delicious like its signature Raspberry Swirl Charlotte, which features vanilla sponge cake topped with fresh raspberry caked, rolled jellyroll style. Decisions, decisions.

5-reese-witherspoon-new-orleans Café du Monde

REESE SAYS: Beignets with my boys #breakfastofchampions #NOLA

In the heart of the French Quarter on the bank of the Mississippi River, Café du Monde is one of New Orleans's most beloved businesses -- and for good reason. Open since 1862, it's open 24 hours a day and is world-famous for its powdered-sugared beignets and chicory café au lait.
6-reese-witherspoon-new-orleans Harmony Street

REESE SAYS: Excellent reminder #NOLA

Harmony Street traverses New Orleans's Irish Channel and Lower Garden District neighbourhoods, and it's one of many in the Southern city that proudly boasts tiled street names. These historic street tiles, consisting of white 4"x6" tiles with blue lettering, date back to the 1870s and are emblems of the Crescent City.

7-reese-witherspoon-new-orleansHouse of Blues

REESE SAYS: Singing with Kenny C #NOLA #amazingnight #jkl

In May, Matthew McConaughey hosted a fundraiser for the Brees Dream Foundation at New Orleans's House of Blues, and Witherspoon ponied up $24,000 to return to her country roots and join Kenny Chesney on stage to sing "Jackson" -- watch the video on YouTube.

The House of Blues is one of NOLA's greatest live music venues and regularly shows celebrated travelling acts.

8-reese-witherspoon-new-orleansThe Garden District

REESE SAYS: Good morning from New Orleans #lovethiscity

This western subdistrict of New Orleans is well known for its beautiful ancient oak trees, which provide great shade on the city's many hot days. The area is also considered one of the best-preserved collections of Southern mansions in the U.S., with opulent architecture at every turn.

Feeling a pang of Wanderlust? Check out our travel guides for Paris and The Hamptons.

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